Maize teen organizes blood drive for others with Leukemia

MAIZE, Kan. (KWCH) A Maize teen is in remission after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia a couple years ago.

Hannah Soderstrom wants to help others also suffering from leukemia, so she started a blood drive.

The 15-year-old's church paired up with the Red Cross to host the event on Saturday.

"My whole church kind of was like ‘oh, let’s donate blood so that Hannah could get it directly’. But you can’t donate blood and get it directly from someone, it’s just ‘in honor of’, which is still amazing because it helps in wonderful ways, like helping other people, not just me."

Soderstrom says the blood drive is meaningful to her because it's helping others who need blood transfusions.

"It means so much to be because giving blood can save someone's life and it's the easiest thing to give because it's free and who doesn't love free stuff, right?"

The event lasted from 9:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday but you can always donate blood in Hannah's honor.